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Your perception of wealth distribution in the US is wrong

Your perception of wealth distribution in the US is wrong

Nine out of ten Americans have a perception that wealth distribution in America is skewed unfairly toward the top 10 richest people. They believe that the rich control about one hundred times more wealth than the poorest Americans.Looking at what the wealthy can do that the rest of us can’t — castle-sized mansions, private jets, even slipping out from under criminal prosecution — that perception might seem accurate.

Norwegians have a lot of sex, and other fun facts about the world’s most charming people [vid]

Norwegians have a lot of sex, and other fun facts about the world’s most charming people [vid]

Beyond songs about fox sounds, and images of fjords, I don’t know much about Norway. This video, produced by Norwegian YouTube user jenspetter, provided answers to my questions such as “How did Norwegians become ace skiers?” and “Where do Norwegians lead in terms of recreational sex?” I’m also really glad my parents never read me Norwegian bedtime stories.

A journalist’s account of the Mandela funeral

A journalist’s account of the Mandela funeral

WITH MANDELA’S DEATH, all normal work arrangements for journalists were suspended. It was raining when I left for his hometown of Qunu, deep in South Africa’s Eastern Cape, and I assumed the new tyres and suspension on my car would handle the roads just as well as they’d done every time over the years.

There is nothing to search for because nothing is missing

There is nothing to search for because nothing is missing

Catherine Ingram, wearing a brown jersey and a red watch, ended her opening meditation with a soft, deep, deluxe smile that in a way seemed wasted on her few students in their hard-backed chairs. It was the kind of smile I used to go to India in search of. Not something you expect to find in an upper room between Penn Station and the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

10 foreign words we just can’t translate

10 foreign words we just can’t translate

If we think of a language as a framework within which expression takes place, it becomes clear that no two frameworks express exactly the same set of ideas. There is a word for “water” in every language, but not all languages have a word for, say, “a vaguely melancholy nostalgia for something that is not yet gone.

Beginner vocabulary for navigating Singapore’s street food scene

Beginner vocabulary for navigating Singapore’s street food scene

Eating is a national pastime in Singapore, but the complex terminology can be daunting for visitors. Here’s a cheat sheet to navigating Singapore’s kopitiam like a pro:Know your terrainHawker stall: A small stall often operated by a sole owner or small team. Prices are generally affordable with minimal service.